Commission print services?

  • @hannahmccaffery I do editorial photography commissions. And sell limited edition art prints through shopify - I'd like to just do illustration but I mix it up a bit. My Printspace shop is linked to shopify so they handle all my inventory, printing and deliveries - I just recently set that up to take some pressure off the logistics of packing and shipping stuff. I use Contrado for printing homewares and promo T-Shirts. Now I'm applying to show in art fairs as I think that will lead to more online sales.

    Have you got an online shop set up?

  • @hannahmccaffery for commissions its good to have a page on your website that's just for commissions so people can find it easily. And I'd suggest putting it in your instagram bio. Are you a member of AOI? They have stuff on the website for pricing commissions as I was going to look into that.

    Here is the London Freelancers illustration/commission editorial rates so maybe use that as a starting block - Freelance Fees Guide LINK

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    @hannahmccaffery I charged for how long the portrait will take me to do 🙂 So a couple portrait takes a bit longer, but it's not a 2x ratio because the talking with the client, getting the references and pose is only done once. Charging by time does mean my portraits are very highly priced by Etsy standards, but oh well! watch me not caring

  • @sigross I checked out your commissions, they're really cool 🙂 That's a great idea about linking to My Printspace, has it all been smooth so far with no hiccups? I'm wary about not seeing the print before sending it to the customer!
    No i haven't yet, I just want to get some examples done and figure out my pricing options then I'll be good to go!
    Thanks so much for that pricing link, so so useful and I never even thought about how you price yourself based on how many countries your work will be used in. I used to be a member of the AOI so I've got all the booklets/info from them about pricing yourself so I've been looking at those. It's just that awkward line of wanting to get lots of orders but for a fair price for you and for the customer!

    @NessIllustration I had a little look at your Etsy, such a lovely commission designs 🙂 Have you had a lot of orders even if your prices are a bit higher than usual? And so they should be, by the way 🙂

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    @hannahmccaffery I've had some yes! 🙂 All pet portraits though, those are really popular! And I've a had a couple returning customers who got one pet and then cam back to get their other pet done too hihi

  • @NessIllustration That's brilliant 🙂 I hope you keep getting more and more!

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    @hannahmccaffery Thanks, and good luck with yours as well!

  • @hannahmccaffery Nice one glad you liked them! 🙂 With the printing at printspace, if the customer isn't happy with the quality they will send a replacement at no extra charge. Make sure there's a returns policy on your website. I always do a test print first to check my colours or colour changes on each type of paper. That sample pack is handy for that. I remember picking up the bamboo test one and there was a starchy sheen to it. I complained and they printed another one on a different type of paper at no cost. That made me quite confident in using them. They also make limited edition certificates and keep track of my editions wherever I sell them from. I just upload a digital signature and logo. For the latest edition I'm doing, I want to sign the front in pencil. So I'm going to ask if I can do that before they post any orders out.

    Pricing Art is hard. A friend of mine sold a pencil drawing for £2000 to a collector. And when he made new work he sold to the same collector for £4000. The collector was really happy to pay that price, because he believed the earlier work was now worth double what he bought it for.

    Two tips I was told recently by a gallerist is don't do discounts as art is meant to be valuable. And if you are selling on different platforms make sure your price is consistent. Don't have say London prices and then local prices. Or prices because someone takes a percentage.

  • @sigross Oh really, they really do sound like a great company then if that's the case! I'm looking forward to getting the sample pack now to have a good look and have an account with them!
    Wow £2000?! He must be pretty well known in his field to earn that sort of money?
    Thank you for those tips, i'm definitely guilty of doing some sort of discount in the past but not anymore! 🙂

  • @hannahmccaffery Actually it was $2000 as he's American! But still pretty good prices. I think that's normal for an original drawing. But yes as he sells more he can put prices up. Printing multiple copies as a limited edition brings the prices down and open editions are similar to selling posters.

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